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College Basic Academic Subjects Examination

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The College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (CBASE) is a test of general education knowledge that was developed by the Assessment Resource Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Consisting of five parts, including a writing component, the CBASE assesses knowledge in four subject areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Concurrently, the exam also measures three cross-disciplinary competencies: interpretive reasoning, strategic reasoning, and adaptive reasoning. Proficiencies in these knowledge and skill areas are usually attained by completing a curriculum of general academic studies during the first two years of college. The CBASE takes approximately four hours to complete.

The Missouri State Board of Education adopted the CBASE for use as the official assessment for entry into undergraduate professional education programs at the colleges and universities, which typically happens near the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. The state does not require the CBASE for individuals who are seeking professional certification and already have a baccalaureate degree.

A student must achieve a minimum score of 235 on each component of the CBASE in order to qualify for admission into an undergraduate professional education program. Students who do not achieve a passing score on any component(s) of the examination may retake the component(s) as many times as necessary within a period of two years from the initial administration. If a student does not pass all of the CBASE components within the two-year period, all of the individual component scores will expire and the student must retake the entire examination.

The CBASE is not intended to predict what an individual is capable of doing in the future or a student's success in college, but it is designed to reflect what the individual already knows or can do at the time of testing. Score reports generated by the CBASE also can serve a diagnostic purpose by identifying the relative strengths and weaknesses of the individual in the areas assessed.

Specific questions regarding the CBASE may be addressed to:

Assessment Resource Center
2800 Maquire
Columbia, MO 65211
Telephone: 1-800-366-8232
Website: www.arc.missouri.edu/